Tonawanda News — “Those days are over for me,” said student Rosie Witschard of recitals. The ballet dancer of over 20 years said she was looking for something catered more toward adults, which is what she found at Nickel City Dance & Fitness Center.
The studio’s model is ideal for adult students and older teenage students who perhaps are unable to commit to a specific weekly class because of an already-hectic schedule, Watson said.
Witschard said she appreciated that there wasn’t a lot of pressure to compete at the studio.
“I was just looking for something that kept my dancing under my belt but at the same time I wasn’t killing myself ... just keeping fit and enjoying dance for what it is,” she said.
The studio also places a particular emphasize on dance as fitness.
Watson, who said she wanted to be a dance teacher since she was a child, was certified in 2006 by the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training Program through University at Buffalo. She’s also certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and is a personal and group fitness trainer.
For her, dance is a fun way to stay fit.
“Dance as fitness is becoming more popular and I think it’s in large part due to shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ” Watson said.
In addition to more typical dance classes like tap, jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop, and leaps and turns, the studio offers fitness-oriented dance sessions in Zumba, ballet booty, pilates, and willPower and grace.
“Dance is really a great form of exercise. You get cardiovascular as well as strengthening benefits,” Watson said. “It strengthens your muscles and bones and it’s a lot of fun so people tend to stick with it more.”